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==History==
 
==History==
  
The name Caramoan has been officially adapted since 1619, the year it was founded by a zealous missionary, the venerable Spanish friar Francisco de la Cruz Y Oropesa. This 60-year old priest penetrated the thick virgin forest of the Caramoan Peninsula and found a small settlement in a place called Baluarte. Later on, this settlement was turned over to the administration of the Holy Bishopric in 1696.
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The name Caramoan has been officially adapted since 1619, the year it was founded by a zealous missionary, the venerable Spanish friar Francisco de la Cruz Y Oropesa. This 60-year old priest penetrated the thick virgin forest of the [[Caramoan Peninsula]] and found a small settlement in a place called Baluarte. Later on, this settlement was turned over to the administration of the Holy Bishopric in 1696.
  
The small town of Caramoan was then located at the tip of Caramoan Peninsula, a rugged place of land extending into the waters of the Maqueda Channel on the North and East and Lagonoy Gulf on the South.
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The small town of Caramoan was then located at the tip of Caramoan Peninsula, a rugged place of land extending into the waters of the Maqueda Channel on the North and East and [[Lagonoy Gulf]] on the South.
  
 
It was determined that the first name given to this place was Guta de Leche by the Dutch traders who operated a gold mine in Lahuy Island and frequented the area to trade with the natives, prior to the arrival of the Spaniards. The name was perhaps derived from the milkdrop stalagmites found among the rocks of Guta Port. But upon the arrival of the Spaniards, the place came to be called "Carahan" for the sea turtle, which was at that time to be found in great number along the shores of the Peninsula.
 
It was determined that the first name given to this place was Guta de Leche by the Dutch traders who operated a gold mine in Lahuy Island and frequented the area to trade with the natives, prior to the arrival of the Spaniards. The name was perhaps derived from the milkdrop stalagmites found among the rocks of Guta Port. But upon the arrival of the Spaniards, the place came to be called "Carahan" for the sea turtle, which was at that time to be found in great number along the shores of the Peninsula.
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==Climate==
 
==Climate==
  
The climate of the Caramoan is tropical which is divided into wet and dry season. The climatic control over the two air stream systems produce the two distinctive variations in the climate, the monsoon and the Pacific tradewinds. From October to January, the northeast monsoon prevails, while the north Pacific tradewinds occur from February to September  
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The climate of the Caramoan is tropical which is divided into wet and dry season. The climatic control over the two air stream systems produce the two distinctive variations in the climate, the monsoon and the Pacific trade winds. From October to January, the northeast monsoon prevails, while the north Pacific trade winds occur from February to September  
  
 
==Barangays==
 
==Barangays==

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Caramoan is a 4th class municipality on the Caramoan Peninsula, in the province of Camarines Sur, Philippines. According to the 2007 census, it has a population of 40,810 people.


Contents

History

The name Caramoan has been officially adapted since 1619, the year it was founded by a zealous missionary, the venerable Spanish friar Francisco de la Cruz Y Oropesa. This 60-year old priest penetrated the thick virgin forest of the Caramoan Peninsula and found a small settlement in a place called Baluarte. Later on, this settlement was turned over to the administration of the Holy Bishopric in 1696.

The small town of Caramoan was then located at the tip of Caramoan Peninsula, a rugged place of land extending into the waters of the Maqueda Channel on the North and East and Lagonoy Gulf on the South.

It was determined that the first name given to this place was Guta de Leche by the Dutch traders who operated a gold mine in Lahuy Island and frequented the area to trade with the natives, prior to the arrival of the Spaniards. The name was perhaps derived from the milkdrop stalagmites found among the rocks of Guta Port. But upon the arrival of the Spaniards, the place came to be called "Carahan" for the sea turtle, which was at that time to be found in great number along the shores of the Peninsula.

Topography

Caramoan is a stretch of irregular, rugged coastline with clusters of islands. This peninsula amidst crystal clear water boasts of rocky terrain and white sand beaches. The Caramoan National Park (1983) offers breath taking limestone cliffs, untouched coral reefs with diverse marine lives, enigmatic lagoon, subterranean river and caves.

Climate

The climate of the Caramoan is tropical which is divided into wet and dry season. The climatic control over the two air stream systems produce the two distinctive variations in the climate, the monsoon and the Pacific trade winds. From October to January, the northeast monsoon prevails, while the north Pacific trade winds occur from February to September

Barangays

  • Agaas
  • Antolon
  • Bacgong
  • Bahay
  • Bikal
  • Binanuahan (Pob.)
  • Cabacongan
  • Cadong
  • Colongcogong
  • Canatuan
  • Caputatan
  • Gogon
  • Daraga
  • Gata
  • Gibgos
  • Guijalo
  • Hanopol
  • Hanoy
  • Haponan
  • Ilawod
  • Ili-Centro (Pob.)
  • Lidong
  • Lubas
  • Malabog
  • Maligaya
  • Mampirao
  • Mandiclum
  • Maqueda
  • Minalaba
  • Oring
  • Oroc-Osoc
  • Pagolinan
  • Pandanan
  • Paniman
  • Patag-Belen
  • Pili-Centro
  • Pili-Tabiguian
  • Poloan
  • Salvacion
  • San Roque
  • San Vicente
  • Santa Cruz
  • Solnopan
  • Tabgon
  • Tabiguian
  • Tabog
  • Tawog (Pob.)
  • Toboan
  • Terogo

Tourism

The Caramoan Peninsula has gained tourism popularity in recent years. After the place has been featured in the news and local television programs, local and foreign travelers started to explore the virgin beaches of the peninsula.

To get to Caramoan from Manila, one may either take a 9-hour bus ride or a 1-hour plane ride to Naga City (377 km South of Manila). From Naga City Central Terminal, one may take a van to Sabang port. Travel usually last for 1 hour. From Sabang port, there are small commercial boats that ferry passengers to the Caramoan Port. Schedule of hourly boat departure starts at 5 AM. Boat ride usually lasts for 2-hrs and cost Php120. One may take a jeepney or a tricycle to go to the Centro or the Gota Beach.

It is best to travel the place with a local since the best beaches and sights are far from the Centro and Gota Beach. Activities may include diving, swimming, snorkeling and spelunking by day; and stargazing in the evening. There is no electricity or mobile phone signal on the island.

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